Former NP police officer released from prison after serving less than half of sentence

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – A former North Providence police officer convicted of conspiring with known criminals and taking part in a large burglary ring has been released from prison after serving nine years of his 20-year sentence.

A spokesperson for the Rhode Island Department of Corrections tells the Target 12 Investigators that Michael Ciresi was released on parole Wednesday afternoon.

According to the state parole board, Ciresi’s release was unanimously approved at his hearing on Sept. 6.

In February 2008, after weeks of testimony and two days of deliberations, Ciresi was found guilty of all but one of the 10 criminal counts with which he was charged. Some of the charges he was convicted of include burglary, harboring a criminal, obstruction of justice and using a firearm in the commission of a crime of violence.

Prosecutors say he burglarized homes in Pawtucket and North Providence and tried to steal money from an ATM.

Before his arrest, Ciresi was a decorated police officer who served as a narcotics detective, an assistant SWAT commander, a firearms instructor, and was eventually promoted to the rank of sergeant.

After losing his immediate request for a new trial, Ciresi was sentenced to 20 years in prison, followed by 15 years probation. In 2012, his appeal was denied by the R.I. Supreme Court and two years later, a request for an early release was denied by a superior court judge.

Ciresi served most of his sentence in New Hampshire, but was recently transferred to the ACI in Cranston in anticipation of his release.

While in prison, he earned 1,268 good behavior days and lost 15 of them.

Tim White contributed to this report.